Wrestling By The Numbers: Daniel ‘Christopher Daniels’ Covell
TNA Wrestling has parted ways with former 4-Time TNA X Division Champion Daniel ‘Christopher Daniels’ Covell. The 43-year-old Kalamazoo Michigan native had spent 10-years with the organization over 2-separate stints. Covell is one of the original TNA competitors having started with the company during it’s inception back in 2002. Alongside wrestlers A.J. Styles, Jerry Lynn, Low Ki and others, he is credited for the early success of TNA’s X Division. In 2005 Covell had a memorable feud with A.J. Styles and along with Samoa Joe the trio competed in some of the best matches in company history. After stints wrestling as both The Curry Man and Suicide, he was released during his original run with TNA on March 31st 2010. He was signed back to the organization in 2011 debuting first as Suicide before going on to form a popular tag-team with Kazarian known as Bad Influence. Covell’s contract with TNA expired last week after the 2-sides were unable to come to terms on a new deal.
Daniel Covell is a 21-year veteran of the professional wrestling industry who first debuted back in 1993 after having been trained at the Windy City Wrestling School by Sam DeCero, Mike Anthony and Kevin Quinn. He debuted for the organization and also competed for the Empire Wrestling Federation early in his career. After competing for numerous independent organizations he went to Japan in the mid-1990’s and competed for Michinoku Pro Wrestling. World Wrestling Entertainment signed Covell to a developmental contract in 1998 and he trained at Dory Funk Jr.’s Funkin’ Dojo. He appeared on television programs Shotgun Saturday Night and Jakked in late 1999 and early 2000 and also had a short stint as Conquistador Dos. He was also used by Extreme Championship Wrestling during this time before being released. World Championship Wrestling used Covell in the spring of 2001 and he worked dark matches again late in the year for the WWE before returning to the independent circuit. He earned a reputation for putting on great matches at locally promoted shows and had been given the nickname ‘The King Of The Indies’.
Daniel Covell is very respected in organizations including the Frontier Wrestling Alliance, International Wrestling Cartel, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and others where he has worked extensively. He is also one of the founding performers in Ring Of Honor Wrestling where he has spent 6-years working throughout his career. He debuted on the very first show back in 2002 The Era Of Honor Begins where he competed in the night’s main event in a triple threat match against Bryan Danielson and Low Ki. He remained a regular performer of until 2007 and then returned again between 2010-2011. Covell is a former 1-Time ROH Television Champion and 2-Time ROH Tag-Team Champion with the organization. After his first stint with TNA ended in 2010 he also competed for Mexico’s AAA and Chikara during that time period. Prior to entering professional wrestling Covell graduated from Methodist College with a degree in theater and had planned to get into the acting business. He still will appear on 3-taped upcoming TNA pay-per-views including Joker’s Wild, Outbreak and X-Travaganza.
Below we look at the televised professional wrestling career of Daniel ‘Christopher Daniels’ Covell by the numbers…
* 139 Matches ( 3rd Most All-Time ) on TNA Pay-Per-View. (First Match: July 10th 2002 Weekly PPV Vs Low Ki, Jerry Lynn, Elix Skipper, Tony Mamaluke & Kid Romeo Last Match: 2014 Lockdown With Chris Sabin & Kazarian Vs The Great Muta, Sanada & Yasu)
* 19 Main Event Matches ( 10th Most All-Time ) on TNA Pay-Per-View. (First Main Event Match: July 10th 2002 Weekly PPV Vs Low Ki, Jerry Lynn, Elix Skipper, Tony Mamaluke & Kid Romeo Last Main Event Match: 2013 World Cup With James Storm, Kazarian, Kenny King & Mickie James Vs Mr. Anderson, The Director Of Chaos, Knux, Wes Brisco & Ivelisse Velez)
* 3 Matches Managed on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 179 Matches ( 7th Most All-Time ) on TNA Impact Wrestling. (First Match: July 9th 2004 With Elix Skipper Vs Chase Stevens & Andy Douglas Last Match: February 27th 2014 With Kazarian Vs Robbie E., Jesse Godderz, Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards)
* 42 Main Event Matches on TNA Impact Wrestling.
* 26 Matches on TNA Xplosion.
* 15 Main Event Match on TNA Xplosion.
World Wrestling Entertainment:
* 4 Matches on WWE Shotgun Saturday Night.
* 1 Main Event Match on WWE Shotgun Saturday Night.
* 2 Matches on WWE Jakked.
Ring Of Honor:
* 7 Matches on ROH Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Main Event Match on ROH Pay-Per-View.
* 12 Matches on ROH On Sinclair Broadcasting / HDNet.
* 9 Main Event Matches on ROH On Sinclair Broadcasting / HDNet.
* 113 Matches ( 19th Most All-Time ) on ROH Home Video Releases. (First Match: 2002 The Era Of Honor Begins Vs Low Ki & The American Dragon Last Match: 2011 Supercard Of Honor Vs Colt Cabana)
* 29 Main Event Matches on ROH Home Video Releases.
New Japan Pro Wrestling:
* 2 Matches on NJPW Pay-Per-View.
* 10 Matches on NJPW Best Of The Super Junior.
* 1 Match on NJPW Battle Zone.
* 1 Match on NJPW Cross Road.
* 1 Match on NJPW Triathlon Survivor.
* 7 Matches on NJPW Fighting Spirit.
* 5 Matches on NJPW Summer Struggle.
* 3 Matches on NJPW Hyper Battle.
* 1 Match on NJPW Destruction.
* 1 Match on NJPW Wrestle Kingdom.
* 2 Matches on NJPW Circuit.
Pro Wrestling NOAH:
* 1 Match on NOAH Great Voyage.
Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion:
* 1 Match on AAA Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Match on AAA Sin Limite.
Michinoku Pro Wrestling:
* 1 Match on MPW Love Michinoku.
Inoki Genome Federation:
* 1 Match on IGF Genome.
* 1 Match on WRESTLE-1 Cherry Blossom.
* 1 Main Event Match on WRESTLE-1 Cherry Blossom.
Wrestling Fan Xperience:
* 3 Matches on WFX Overload.
* 2 Main Event Matches on WFX Overload.
World Championship Wrestling:
* 1 Match on WCW Monday Nitro.
* 1 Match on WCW Worldwide.
* 1 Main Event Match on WCW Worldwide.
Extreme Championship Wrestling:
* 1 Match on ECW Hardcore Television.
* 1 Match on ECW Home Video Releases.
World Wrestling All-Stars:
* 1 Match on WWA Pay-Per-View.
Fighting Investigations Team BattlARTS:
* 1 Match on BattleARTS B-Together.
Wrestling Marvelous Future:
* 1 Match on WMF The Independence Day.
Pro Wrestling Expo:
* 3 Matches on PWE On Samurai Tv.